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Day 11 When was the last time you exercised?

Discussion in 'Structured Educational Program' started by rudybarron, Nov 23, 2022.

  1. rudybarron

    rudybarron New Member

    It’s interesting that this is the question to ponder since I was thinking about this earlier today. I’m getting close to the level of activity I was at prior to all this ramping up earlier this year. It was a really cool moment as I thought about it – I was excited to see the progress I’ve made.

    I also realized that my fear isn’t about exercising or being physically active, it’s about my symptoms getting worse and starting to interfere with my exercise/physical activity. With the way I think, I instantly go to worst case scenario and catastrophizing. Or should I say I used to instantly go to worst case scenario and catastrophizing. Lately, I’ve been able to catch myself before I go down the rabbit hole. I’ve also started to take my original thought and turn it around to be more positive. This has helped me notice just how absurd some of my thinking is. It’s been very eye opening to see how quick I am to go negative and just feed the worry. I knew I did this, but I had no idea how frequent it was. It’s easy to see why I’m feeling the way I’m feeling now that I see how negative my thinking and self talk is.

    This also got me thinking about where I am currently in the process. For a while I didn't think I'd be happy until all the symptoms were completely gone - until I was "fixed." Now, I'm more relaxed about it and know that some days will be good and other days may not go the way I want them to. It was pleasing to really sit back and notice just how much better I’m feeling now vs 2 months ago. It’s even more pleasing to sit back and think about how much better I’m feeling now vs 6 months ago. There’s still work to be done but it was nice to recognize the progress for once rather than putting my focus on a few things not going so well (another tendency of mine that I’m working to improve).
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  2. javierpgomez

    javierpgomez New Member

    I do this a lot also. Lately I find myself thinking a lot "What if it's really serious? and I'm going to be bedridden."

    I know this thought isn't helping, but it keeps coming up. I'm practicing intercepting the thought and speaking it out. This forum is helping a lot in hearing other people's stories
  3. Baseball65

    Baseball65 Beloved Grand Eagle

    Sarno said that 'physicophobia' was more effective at keeping us distracted than the actual pain... and all of those thoughts that are coming up about it are actually the new wisdom you're gaining, which means your recovery will be complete and thorough.

    Funny. Haven't had pain in a looong time, but that fear is still there a little... now it's "what if I feel sleepy?' "What if I get bored?"...same silly voice, new branding!
  4. javierpgomez

    javierpgomez New Member

    I should practice this! Rebranding my fear
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  5. Baseball65

    Baseball65 Beloved Grand Eagle

    It is definitely worth a discussion with ourselves.
    We get so many people, well meaning saying things like "be careful" "watchout" "the body is fragile" etc... deleting that from our own heads takes time and determination. We have to stop and examine the information in context of what we have learned and our own NEW experience

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